Downtown Piqua’s annual Christmas celebration, Christmas on the Green, will happen in downtown Piqua on Friday, December 1 from 6 – 9 p.m. The event primarily occurs on High Street in front of the Piqua Public Library and in the 300 and 400 blocks of N. Main Street. The event is coordinated by a dedicated group of Mainstreet Piqua volunteers and is a fun, family event. Christmas on the Green is presented by the French Fund of the Piqua Community Foundation.
The highlights of Christmas on the Green include live music, strolling characters, carriage rides and children’s activities. The community caroling, along with the live entertainment, will be held at the gazebo and the additional activities will be spread over the 300 and 400 blocks of North Main Street. There will also be a food vendors in the quad on the east side of the Fort Piqua Plaza as well as the 400 block of N. Main Street.
Community caroling is a central feature of the Christmas on the Green event and will be held at the gazebo at approximately 7 p.m. The community caroling began as a longstanding French family tradition of neighborhood Christmas caroling. Piqua High School’s “The Company” will be leading the caroling and there will also be a performance by the barbershop group “After School.” With professional sound services offered by Mike Caldwell the live music at the gazebo is not to be missed. The Gotham City Brass quintet will also be on hand for the Christmas on the Green and will be making their way throughout downtown Piqua from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
There will be a live ice sculpting demonstration in front of Apple Tree Gallery starting at about 6 p.m. The ice sculpting demonstration will be done by Dayton based ice sculptor Ramon and during the course of the evening he will be doing two different ice sculptures. Each sculpture starts as a 400 pound rectangular block of ice but with the help of a chain saw, router, chisel, hammer and various other tools Ramon creates angels, carolers, animals and a host of other beautiful creations.
During Christmas on the Green there will be several costumed characters strolling around the downtown. Santa will be located in his special chair in the lobby of the Piqua Public Library from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. In addition to Santa Claus there will be visits by a Gingerbread boy, Nutcracker, Frosty the snowman and a Toy Soldier.
The Piqua Public Library Children’s activities are always a very popular feature of the Christmas on the Green event and this year’s planned activities promise to be extra special. The Children’s activities will be held in the Children’s department on the lower level of the library and those interested in participating in the activities are asked to enter through the main lobby.
Nancy Spillane and all the Children’s department staff have a variety of activities planned for the kids. The children’s activities at Christmas on the Green are sponsored by the Piqua Public Library and while the kids are participating in the activities adults can take a moment to enjoy delicious cookies and punch. There is no charge to participate in the activities. Another popular kids activity at Christmas on the Green is the Kiddie Christmas shop located in the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce. The Kiddie Christmas shop allows kids to pick out gifts for special loved ones under the careful supervision of volunteers and within a pre-set budget. The items in the store are carefully arranged into men’s, ladies and children’s categories to give the little shoppers great ideas for everyone on their list. The Kiddie Christmas Shop will be open during Christmas on the Green, from 6 – 9 p.m. and on Saturday, December 7 from Noon to 2 p.m., prior to and directly after the Downtown Piqua Holiday Parade.
The horse-drawn carriage rides are a very popular feature of Christmas on the Green and there will be two different horse-drawn carriages making their way through the downtown the night of Christmas on the Green. The location for the pick-up and drop off will be in front of Can’t Stop Running in the 300 block of N. Main Street. The carriage ride route will Main Street to Market Street and north on Wayne Street to Ash Street and back to Main Street. The horse-drawn carriage rides are $1 per person. Mainstreet Piqua appreciates the Unity National Bank associates and management who help with the carriage rides each year.
Christmas on the Green is part of the “Holiday Experiences in Piqua” weekend that includes the Holly Jolly 5K/10K Run and the annual Downtown Piqua Holiday Parade.